Fish Ladder Waterfall

By Emir de Souza


Fish Ladder Waterfall

By Emir de Souza

Short but attractive Fish Ladder Waterfall is found at Trelissick Park, Wellington.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 41° 15' 35.3298" E 174° 46' 9.4188"
Parking: 74 Trelissick Cres, Ngaio
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type: Sealed Return track duration: 30min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 1m Type of the waterfall: Cascade



Walking and driving instructions


Fish Ladder Waterfall is roughly a 10-15 minutes' drive away from Wellington CBD. The road surface is sealed.

From Wellington head north on Hutt Rd, which runs along the SH-1. Then take Kaiwharawhara Rd, which becomes Ngaio Gorge Rd. And finally, turn left onto Trelissick Cres. Follow this road for 270m until you reach a car park. There is a map at the entrance (the red line on the photo below shows a direction to the waterfall).

From the main entrance follow the track to Northern Walkway. From there head right and go left on the next track that appears. Follow that track then stay left joining onto Ngaio Gorge Track. Then look out for a path coming off the right with a sign saying Fish Ladder. Then follow the side track for the next few minutes until you reach the waterfall. The walk is easy but can be slippery when muddy. It is more of a shoe track than jandals.

Return via the same route (tatal walking time is about 30 minutes), or walk Trelissick Park loop (2hrs).

Many thanks to Emir de Souza Photography for the waterfall's description and photos.


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Attractions nearby


Trelissick Park is a beautiful area of hills, stream and native bush below Ngaio Gorge Road.

Visit Wellington Botanic Garden and enjoy its 25ha of unique landscape, protected native forest, conifers, specialized plant collections, colourful floral displays, and views over Wellington city.

Just 10 minutes from central Wellington, Zealandia is a must-see eco-attraction and groundbreaking restoration project: a nature lover's paradise and a sanctuary by the city!


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